Since the use of recreational marijuana has been legalized in the state of New Mexico, state officials predict that the industry could bring in over $50 million in new revenue and more than 11,000 jobs this year. In response, UNM Continuing Education is partnering with Green Flower to prepare workers for the marijuana industry.

UNM Continuing Education will launch a new set of courses preparing workers for careers in the highly regulated marijuana industry. UNM is partnering with cannabis education and training leader Green Flower, to offer non-credit online certificate programs beginning Nov. 15, 2021.

Founded in 2014, Green Flower is the industry leader in cannabis education. Green flower empowers consumers, regulators, and professionals with the knowledge needed to make an impact and be successful in today’s emerging cannabis industry. Green Flower's platform powers the cannabis programs of top universities and colleges across the country. Green flower provides customized learning for cannabis businesses of any size.

“The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing new market opportunities in the country,” states Audrey Arnold, Executive Director of UNM Continuing Education. “As providers of professional development and career education, we want to provide the knowledge and skills that our community will need to be successful in this rapidly growing market. We are thrilled as well for this innovative partnership with Green Flower who can offer solid education in this industry and an affordable and realistic approach in training.”

In these courses, students receive online instruction in their chosen topic area from industry experts, selected by Green Flower. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate from UNM Continuing Education. Courses within the four program options will be a mix of instructor-student, student-student, reading, and general discussion/interaction. 
The four program options include:

  • The Business of Cannabis
  • Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Cannabis Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Health Care and Medicine

Each program consists of three 8-week courses over a 6-month period and courses can be completed at the student’s pace within that timeframe. The cost of each program is $2950, and enrollment is open now.
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“Green Flower is honored to be working with The University of New Mexico and in particular the school of Continuing Education…We could think of no better university in the state than the flagship university, UNM,” said Daniel Kalef, Vice President of Higher Education at Green Flower. “With new rules and licenses coming in the new year, we applaud the leadership of the University for their foresight in wanting to offer certificate programs designed to prepare people for careers in what is now the fastest growing job market in the country.”